Hi everyone, I'm new to backyard chickens. We downloaded plans and built a chicken ark and recently acquired 5 young pullets. My husband has more experience keeping chickens than I do, but I've actually done a lot of reading ahead of time for the last 6 months so that I can be better prepared to care for our little flock. All 5 of our birds are different breeds, no roosters. We have an ameraucana, a white leghorn, a Rhode Island red, a welsumer, and a barred rock. So far, the barred rock is the friendliest and most personable. She comes to the edge of the chicken ark when I go outside and call to the chickens to give them treats. There are several families on our street who keep chickens, and nobody in the neighborhood seems to mind. They're quiet for the most part. The ones down the street are TRUE free range birds and wander the neighborhood freely. I'm a little too protective for that due to predators, but our girls will be allowed to roam about freely in our rather roomy back yard! They'll have access to bugs, garden scraps, all the little treats they love! There is a rooster about 3 doors down, and hearing him crow in the mornings has always been enjoyable for me ever since we moved here. In fact, having the chickens here in the neighborhood is one of the things that inspired me to go ahead and get some birds, as my husband and I have tossed around the idea of getting chickens for a couple of years now. Before getting our birds, I did a lot of reading on the forums here on BYC as well as reading a lot of the great information available on the website. It really helped me get prepared for the girls before bringing them home. Thank you all for the great posts and information available on this forum. I look forward to continuing to learn from the posts here as well as share any information I come across along the way. Chicken lovers unite. Bock bock.